In case you need any further inspiration, aside from the sweet temptation itself, Afternoon Tea Week is coming up (7-13 August).
Now, we may be slightly biased but we do believe that London is the best place in the world for a delectable tower of finger sandwiches, warm scones and cakes, washed down with a quintessentially English cuppa, or indeed a glass of fizz. We’d even go so far as to say that a visit to central London is not complete without indulging in an afternoon tea, and here we are certainly spoilt for choice.
Once inside The Berkeley, we make our way to the beautiful and elegant surroundings of the Collins Room, where we immediately feel relaxed sitting under the stunning petal-like chandelier. Before long we’re enjoying a wonderfully refreshing glass of rosè Champagne as our waiter talks us through the exquisite, and seriously tempting, menu. And this really is no ordinary afternoon tea – rather a famous couture-inspired feast for the Capital’s fashionistas, which brings a twist to the traditional, and is inspired by the themes and colours of the sartorial world.
Including a selection of sandwiches, savoury treats and a selection of bold and colourful cakes and pastries, these are really amazing replicas of top designer fashion pieces. We love the Hermes tasselled bucket bag made with Victoria sponge and sandwiched with apricot jam and wrapped in chocolate. Not to be missed, and the highlight for us, is the Kenzo-inspired sharing cake, made with velvety citrus cream on a sable biscuit base, and topped with colourful Kenzo styled sugar flowers. Delightful!
Of course, we’re also thoroughly spoilt with the extensive collection of loose-leaf teas and coffee on offer. A most enjoyable experience which is well worth a visit. In fact, it’s a must.
Pret-a-Portea is priced from £80 per person, The Berkeley Hotel, Wilton Place, SW1X (0207 107 8866; the-berkeley.co.uk)